Tilley Award shortlist category finalists announced

Date published: 19 July 2022 10:08
Dated: 18 July 2022 11:07:40

All entries to this year’s Tilley Awards have been marked by our panel of expert judges and we are pleased to announce the ten shortlisted category finalists are:

Police Now and Student Officers:

  • North Wales Police – Secure Your PDQ
  • GMP – A partnership approach to tackling the growing prevalence of public sex encounters in a busy city centre


  • West Yorkshire Police - Focused Forensic Marking to Deter and Detect Domestic Abuse
  • Surrey Police – Basingstoke Canal Sexual Exposures

Business Support and Volunteers:

  • Metropolitan Police - Anti-Social Behaviour Reporting Compliance
  • Surrey Police – Basingstoke Canal Sexual Exposures


  • West Yorkshire Police – BD3 Unite
  • South Yorkshire Police – Operation Grow


  • West Yorkshire Police – BD3 Unite
  • Merseyside Police – E2 Serious Violence

Our final judging panel, which consists of problem solving leads and subject matter experts from across the country, will now mark each of the shortlisted entries to identify the overall category winners.

Each member of the panel will use the same judging criteria as the sift judges, and we will announce the final category winners on Monday 5th September. Once announced, each category winner will be invited to present their projects to the judging panel and audience members at the National Problem Solving Conference in October. The judging panel and audience members will mark the presentations and the high scoring project will be awarded as the overall 2022 Tilley Award winner.

NPCC Problem Solving Lead, Chief Constable Lauren Poultney, South Yorkshire Police, congratulates each of the finalists and reflects on this year’s Tilley Award submissions.

“I would firstly like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to this year’s Tilley Awards and congratulate all of the shortlisted applicants. We received 100 applications and it is absolutely fantastic to see how problem solving has developed and evolved in recent years.

“The calibre of this year’s applications not only highlight how problem solving knowledge is continuing to grow across police and partners, they also demonstrate how the core methodology behind the principles of problem solving are becoming further embedded into our working practices and regularly used as a tool to address identified issues.

“We know from research and evidence that problem-oriented policing is effective in reducing crime and disorder, it is therefore crucial we recognise and celebrate examples of problem solving in practice and I’m pleased we are able to do this through the Tilley Awards.

“The top ten category finalists, like all submissions, are of a very high standard and I’m looking forward to finding out who the overall category winners will be. Congratulations to all finalists and good luck!”

The Tilley Awards were re-initiated in 2018, following an eight-year hiatus, as part of the work undertaken by the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme to reduce crime and disorder by embedding a structured problem solving ethos and capability as a core discipline in policing.

Further details on the Problem Solving and Crime Prevention Programme are available here.

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